Two illegal factories shut down after police, GSA, halt operations

Two illegal factories shut down after police, GSA, halt operations

- Two factories in Accra have been shut down following a raid by officials from the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Standards Authority

- All workers present at the illegal factories were asked to go home

- They revealed the working conditions at the two factories were terrible

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the Ghana Police Service (GPS) have shut two factories down after a raid.

Officials from the GSA and the GPS, on Thursday, May 9, 2019, halted operations at the Zheng Hua Feng Limited and LWW Waste Plastics Recycling Company Limited

The makeshift manufacturing hubs, where production and distribution of plastic rubber bags took place, were closed down.

Factory shut down

Source: Graphic.com.gh
Source: UGC

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The workers present at both factories, made up of both Ghanaians and Chinese, were asked to vacate the premises.

YEN.com.gh understands that the factories, located at Sakaman, near Dansoman, operated without the required certifications for five years.

A GSA official, George Anti, who led and supervised the operation, explained that the GSA, had since the beginning of 2019, relied on information from its representatives in all districts in the country.

He explained that the information helps to conduct mystery shopping and market surveillance to identify illegal manufacturers who were flouting the country’s laws on standards.

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Beyond operating without the right certifications, including the basic business registration certificate, the facility is also situated in the heart of a residential area in violation of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Regulations (LI 1652), according to the GSA.

Graphic.com.gh reports that the working conditions at the two factories, according to the workers who spoke to the paper, were terrible.

It was observed that were no safety measures, including safety clothing for workers at the factories, while ventilation was poor, with unbearable heat emanating from the machines.

Ghanaian workers at the factories told the Daily Graphic that they were paid GH¢15 for a day’s work spanning 7 am to 7 pm

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